October 29, 2011

1st Annual Frank N Con!

So today I have no nail art for you. My attempts to lift the pictures from the Ziploc bag were a bust :( I think perhaps they may need another day to dry. So I'll try those again. But for now, I wanted to take a moment to talk about Frank N Con. I went this morning with my kids and although one of them was being a non participating butthole making our stay there very short and leaving us unable to fully check out everything the convention had to offer, there were a few celebrities that actually made it worthwhile imo.

The convention itself was pretty small, so not much walking around. Of course, that means that there wasn't a lot of elbow room for walking around. I also went right when they opened, so there weren't too many people there. Like the big cheap-o I am, I purchased my tickets through groupon for half off. Which normally wouldn't be an issue except for the fact that the ticket counter checking off online purchased tickets was being manned by a lady who didn't know what groupon was. I had to explain to her that I had already paid for my tickets, the printout was my ticket and that I wasn't going to pay for more tickets. She had a hard time understanding that my printed out ticket was not a coupon for a discount on ticket purchases. In between asking me several times for my name but never actually looking it up, she kept telling me I had to go to the other line to buy tickets with my coupon. Hahahaha

Finally there were a couple of young men behind her who told her basically what I was trying to tell her, but she actually listened to them. They found my name within seconds and let us in! I was really impressed by the sheer amount of celebrities they had there. There were lots of vendors and unless I just didn't see it, there wasn't any free stuff. I thought perhaps they'd be giving out bags of cool stuff or something?? Anyhow, I took this as an opportunity to test run my kids' Halloween makeup and thank goodness for that. I'm trying my hand at acrylic paints this year and although the wounds came out ok, I think I'll stick to minimal skin makeup outside of the wounds. The kids liked how it turned out though, so that was a plus!

All in all, I have to say my favorite part of the convention was getting to meet the crazy babysitter twins from Grindhouse and Machete (they were Nurses in this film) and Brian Steele (Creature Boy). The twins were so sweet and polite. They spoke respectfully and attentively to each person who visited their table whether they bought something or not and I couldn't get over how beautiful they are in real life! I've seen one or two other famous people in real life and they always seemed to look better on screen. But that wasn't the case here.

Also, Brian Steele, what an awesome guy! I think part of my fascination is that I'm only 5'2" and he's 6'7" - so yeah, don't judge me!  Anyhow, considering the huge list of major roles he's had, I was surprised he was such a cool guy. Seemed very down to Earth and was pretty much great to my kids. Which, in my book, earns a lot of my respect! We ended up getting a huge Predator poster from his table, he autographed it and even took a picture with 2 of my boys. Of course my 3rd was being a butthead. So, unfortunately when he gets older and looks back at the picture, he won't be in it :( Anyhow, enough talking! Here's 3 pics from the event.

Brian Steele


Elise and Electra Avellan
We also got to meet Miguel A. Nunez Jr., William Stout, Bob Elmore and a few other people from the Return of the Living Dead movie. I think we might have only been there about an hour before the baby had a complete meltdown. But I still think the little we were able to check out was pretty cool. Maybe next year as the kids will be older, we'll be able to check out some more stuff.

That's it from me for today! Thanks for stopping by and hope you're all enjoying the weekend!

October 27, 2011

Lynnderella making dreams come true!

Today I wanted to share with you guys a special polish that my buddy blogger Jan generously sent me in the mail. Jan and I both missed out on China Glaze's Spellbound because we stupidly waited for our Sally's to get it and they never did. Mine got a buttload of Fortune Tellers, but no Spellbound. Go figure :( I believe Jan wanted to try to dupe it, but you know, it's hard to find glitters that don't melt in polish or bleed their colors away in polish. Lynnderella made this fabulous creation and named it 'Can You Spell Janelle?'

This is one coat of it over one coat of AA Hassid. The glitter is so dense, it's so beautiful! I don't even care now that I missed out on Spellbound, this completely satisfies my want for it.



A quick video

What do you guys think? Pretty awesome, huh? Oh and I forgot to mention that I do have a thick coat of Sally Hansen's Nail Quenching Base Coat over the glitter. I was trying it out to see if it would eliminate the need for several layers of top coat with hungry glitters. So far so good, I think. We'll see how well it performs I suppose. Well, that's it from me for today! 4 more days until Halloween!! I'm working on some ziploc nail art and I'm not very good at it, so please bear with me. I may post it tomorrow or Saturday depending on how well it turns out. Hope you're all doing well and having a wonderful day!

October 26, 2011

OPI Warm & Fozzie

This is such a complex color. In the bottle it looks like a bronze with pink and golden flecks that looks kind of olivey at some angles. On the nail, it translates pretty much the same. Depending on the angle and lighting, you're going to see a bronze, pink copper, golden bronze or golden olive color. It's hard to explain, it's just beautiful. Of the whole collection, I think for sure Designer De Better and this one are my favorites. They're foils, they have obvious flecks that give them dimension, they're awesome!

Direct Sunlight at different angles



 


Quick Video

This was 3 coats and the formula reminds me of Orly's Space Cadet in the way that it can be sheer but loaded with flecks in the first 1-2 coats if that makes sense. Well, that's it from me for today. I've been working on trying out the ziploc method for some Halloween fun. So look forward to that in a day or two to countdown until the 31st with me! Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you all had a great hump day!

October 21, 2011

Wocka Wocka!

So I'm guessing this one is another Fozzie related name? Wocka Wocka, just makes me think of his jokes segment!! Wocka Wocka Wocka! Well this one, I have to say was really hard to capture on camera. For some reason, it did not capture very true to life in video or most pictures. That was pretty disappointing.

But I'd describe this as a deep pink red with shimmer. It goes on darker than in the bottle imo and it has such a glowy look. It's very pretty! Out of the 6 non glitters in this collection, this is probably the one I could live without. It still impressed me though. I feel like it looks so much better on the nail than it does in the bottle. So here it is, Wocka Wocka.

Direct Sunlight

Indoors
This picture is the most color accurate on my monitor. Quite a difference between this and what's been translating on video and direct sunlight photographs, huh? Very misleading.

Video

Well, that's it from me for today! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend! I'll see you guys next week :D

October 20, 2011

Feelings...Like I never lost you.....

BEAKER! That was possibly my favorite Beaker moment, ever. Where he 'sang' feelings. Well, I could be wrong, but I think Meep, Meep, Meep is named after Beaker. I mean, it's practically all the man said! So if I'm wrong, I don't want to be right! But next up in the OPI Muppets Collection is Meep, Meep, Meep. Although I'm glad Beaker is getting represented in this collection, I never thought to use a fuchsia for him. Poor guy was always getting burned and blown up and hurt, I'm surprised they didn't use a black or blood red! Ha.

But I have to say, this color is beautiful. It's a deep fuchsia...I'd say almost berryish and the glass flecks look amazing! Honestly, the flecks blew me away! It looks somewhat washed out in direct sunlight. Don't pass this one up if you're into colors like this, it'll rock your socks!

Direct Sunlight



Indoors



Quick Video

Well, that's it from me for today. Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you're all doing well and enjoying the near end of the week!

October 19, 2011

OPI Animal-istic

I am the GREAT LAMINA!!! You guys remember that, don't you?? Ok, well, today I have on OPI's Animal-istic. I have to say, this polish is pretty beautiful! Once I put it on, I thought, hmm, this looks familiar. But I'll get to that in a minute. For now, here's Animal-istic.

Direct Sunlight


In the shade

That full sunlight pic, doesn't it kind of remind you of Orly's Emberstone?? Well, I thought it did. So I did a quick comparison. Here's the results of that.

Direct Sunlight
Emberstone, Animal-istic, Emberstone, Animal-istic



In the shade


My conclusion? While they're a bit similar, they're not dupes at all. Emberstone is what Animal-istic would be if it were on steroids. They have some of the same golden and pink shimmer, but that's about where the similarities end. At first I thought Emerstone might be a more orange red than Animal-istic. But after swatching, I think that might be attributed to the amount of shimmer in it. Here's a quick video of the two. Same order as the photos.


Ok, well that's it from me for today. I hope you're doing well and enjoying your week so far!

October 17, 2011

OPI Designer...De Better!

This is the first one that caught my eye in real life from the Muppets Collection. This whole collection is a lot different than I thought it would be. When I saw online swatches, I thought wow, I want all the glitters and meh to the rest. But when I saw it in person, I thought WOW! Those non glitters look great and meh on the glitters. Very weird for me to feel this way. I'd say of the 12, I only love 6. This being one of them. The rest are the non glitters basically. Warm & Fozzy being my second favorite and I like the rest about the same. Who knows, I might feel differently after swatching the glitters. But so far, not really digging them.

But for now, here is Designer...De Better! I did 2 coats here. It's a beautiful silver foil with copper flecks. From a distance you can't see the flecks and it just looks like a champagne colored foil. But once closer, you can see the flecks and it just makes you do a double take. Here it is in full sunlight.


Quick video showing it in action

Well, that's it from me for today. I shall have more Muppets swatches for you guys until the collection is complete. I hope you're all doing well and having a not so manic Monday :D

October 15, 2011

Tiny Fyrinnae haul and swatches!

It's been almost exactly 1 year now that I've been using Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy and I have to say, I absolutely LOVE it! So naturally, now that I needed another tube of it, I placed an order and decided to try a few of their shadows. I only ordered 3 samples (they were only $2 each) and they sent me a 4th for free! I like loose eyeshadows, I've been using MAC pigments for almost 7 years now. So.....yeah, I'm a fan of the loose ones :p

Get your mind out of the gutter!!!

But honestly, if you're a fan of the loose eyeshadows, these do not disappoint. They're highly pigmented and so beautiful! I had to show them to you guys. First of all, I ordered the full sized Pixie Epoxy and samples of Snow Leopard, Moon Child and Wake Not The Dead. The free sample they included in my order was Purgatory.

Moon Child (top left), Snow Leopard (top right), Wake Not the Dead (bottom left), Purgatory (bottom right)

The following swatches were taken without flash, in different lighting and over Fyrinnae's own Pixie Epoxy.

Outside in full sunlight

In the shade

Indoors


Here's a short video of the actual eyeshadows in their jars and my attempt at showing you the swatches. I do apologize for the crap swatches here. It's because of the poor quality that I decided to film them outside.

And this is the video outside where the lighting is so much better and you can see the depth and beauty of these eyeshadows so much easier!

Moon Child is the light golden peachy ivory color. Snow Leopard is the taupe color. Wake Not the Dead is the purple color with the multi colored glitter and Purgatory is the blackened red. Aren't they beautiful? I'm already wanting to place a huge order for more eyeshadows! Also, Wake Not the Dead and Purgatory are new colors from their Halloween Collection this year but they are not limited edition. So if you can't place an order right now, don't worry. Their items are very well priced and shipping is pretty inexpensive as well, you can't help but be blown away by the quality!

Well, that's it from me for today. I hope you're all having a wonderful, fun and safe weekend!

October 14, 2011

Halloween: Pumpkin manicure



Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme with black pumpkins. I used Bundle Monster plate 222 (BM-222). This is cute, simple, and fairly easy to do. I consider myself a konad novice and I don't think it came out too bad! I used the black konad polish for the pumpkins. I did suffer from bubbles because I tried to do a thick coat of topcoat so I wouldn't smudge the design. Boo. It wasn't too noticeable though.


Here is a quick picture of what the BM plate looks like. I purchased this from Amazon. It is from the second set. Click here for the direct link.

Also, I should note that at first I had a little trouble getting the polish to stick onto my stamper. I never had this problem with the konad brand plates. I just took my glass file and filed the top of the stamper a tiny bit. I heard this helps adhere the polish to the stamper and it worked!

October 13, 2011

Revlon Blue Mosaic Vs. OPI Gone Gonzo

Today I wanted to show you guys a quick comparison between OPI's Gone Gonzo and Revlon's Blue Mosaic. As far as I can tell, the only difference between these 2 glitters is that Blue Mosaic has blue and green hexes along with the silver hexes and small glitters. The OPI has the same colored small blue glitters and it has silver hexes, but that's where the similarities end.

Revlon's Blue Mosaic and OPI's Gone Gonzo

Gone Gonzo on the left and Blue Mosaic on the right

Gone Gonzo on the left and Blue Mosaic on the right

Well, that's it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and hope you're all having a great night!!!

Nfu Oh swatches


Nfu Oh 561. I am a sucker for green cremes. Three thin coats for this one. No issues with formula or coverage.


Quick comparison to the current Revlon Jaded Night. Pinky and middle (pinky is left) are Nfu Oh 561 while ring and index are Jaded Night. Three coats each even though Jaded Night only needed two.




Nfu Oh 52. This is layered over 561 and Jaded Night, so if they look a little different that is the reason. One coat. There is so much more to this polish than my pictures can capture!


Nfu Oh 282. Purple creme. Three coats. No amount of shaking would get rid of that white stuff. o_o The formula was great and that stuff on the bottom didn't seem to effect the color.



One layer of Lynnderella Connect the Dots over Nfu Oh 282.

October 12, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso

 



RBL Piu Mosso. Dark blue with copper orange shimmer. This is from the Firebird collection. The shimmer really comes to life in direct sunlight. I love it! Two coats and very pigmented. The formula was great.



One coat of NYX Girls Under The Moon over Piu Mosso.

October 11, 2011

CND Pink Wishes




Pink Wishes. Milky pink creme. It was a bit sheer for me so this is four coats. I want to say they were going for a jellyish look since the formula is not what I've come to expect from them. It was patchy at first, but evened out after the four coats.



Pink Wishes Pearl. Pink pearl topcoat. One coat over Pink Wishes. It reminds me of Violet Shimmer. I should note that this set is limited edition. It is very nice and subtle. The effect gives you that extra something if the Pink Wishes color is a bit plain for you.




A comparison of a few pinks that I own. Pinky (left) and ring are CND Pink Wishes. Ring is Rescue Beauty Lounge Lulu and index is Essie Pop Art Pink. This was four coats on all of them.